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HomeEquity Bank Empowers Canadian Homeowners with New Brand Platform that Empowers Retirees



After posting record mortgage numbers in 2017, HomeEquity Bank, providers of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage, announced the launch of a new brand platform today. Created in partnership with Zulu Alpha Kilo, the new brand introduces a redesigned logo, evolved brand positioning, a new visual identity, and a fully integrated campaign that is intended to set the brand up for continued long term growth.

“The Canadian population is aging and many homeowners feel that they have no other choice than to sell the house they love to finance retirement,” says Yvonne Ziomecki Executive Vice President – Marketing and Sales. “Our research has shown that 93% of people over 65 want to retire in their home. We’re tremendously excited about this new direction for our brand because it is about empowering Canadians to live the life they’ve earned.”

The work to kick off the brand relaunch encompasses both traditional and non-traditional creative executions. All of the work tapped into insights gleaned from national research, in speaking to Canadians aged 55+ about retirement planning. In one spot, we see a young couple encouraging their parents to downsize and sell their house before the parents have some fun with that idea by suggesting they move in with the young couple. Another ad shows an overly persistent real-estate agent approaching a house to convince an older couple to sell their home, before they take matters into their own hands. A third spot shows two young parents in front of a house talking about making an unsolicited offer, simply because the homeowner is older. The parents end up getting a lesson from the older, but spry homeowner who overhears the conversation.

To compliment the TV commercials, DRTV with hard hitting messaging, was also produced. In keeping with the brand narrative, the same on-camera characters were featured to help bring consistency throughout the consumer journey. Each execution plays a unique role in educating and empowering retirees to take back control of their retirement dreams. Rounding out the launch was a web site refresh, digital ads, and series of ambient executions that were designed to look like real-estate advertising but instead of speaking to selling or open houses, they use headlines such as: “SOLD On Staying Put.” Similar messages were also applied to tear away posters and door hangers that all pulled from the various executions by encouraging people to stay in the home they love.



“This is about empowering retirees,” says Zak Mroueh, Chief Creative Officer and Founder at Zulu Alpha Kilo. “There is a huge misperception about what it means to be retired. People feel patronized when they’re pressured into something they don’t want to do – like selling their home. We knew that these situations would be relatable to our audience and that we could really strike a chord with them.”

Strategy and creative was led by Zulu Alpha Kilo with media planning and buying by OMD and PR by Jacki Nelson of Nelson Connects.

About HomeEquity Bank
HomeEquity Bank, a federally-regulated, Schedule 1 Canadian bank, is the only national provider of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage™ solution. Founded 32 years ago, HomeEquity Bank has been helping Canadian homeowners aged 55+ access the value of the equity they have in their homes, maintaining ownership of their home, until they make the decision to sell. HomeEquity Bank has ranked on the Canadian Business and PROFIT’s 28th and 29th annual PROFIT 500 list, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. HomeEquity has also been recognized as an Aon Best Employer – Canada 2017.


Credits:

Client (Company): HomeEquity Bank
Clients: Yvonne Ziomecki, Vivianne Gauci, Joe Heale, Niary Toodakian, Carly Whittamore
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo
Chief Creative Officer: Zak Mroueh
Executive Creative Director: Patrick Scissons
Art Director: Shawn James
Writer: Irfan Kahn
Agency Producer: Jac Benoit, Teresa Bayley
Account Team: David Tremblay
Strategic Planner: Tim Hopkins
Media Agency: OMD
Media Agency Planner: Dwayne Mataseje, Mitchell Cornelisse
PR Agency: Nelson Connects
PR team: Jacki Nelson
Production House: Partners Film
Director: Michael Downing
Production House Producer: Gigi Realini, Jill Godbold, Shannon Barnes
Director of Photography: Barry Parrell
Casting Director: Steven Mann
Video Post Facility / Editing Company: Zulubot
Editor: Jay Baker
Compositor / Online: Eric Perrella, Sebastian Boros /Alter Ego
Special Effects: Eric Perrella, Sebastian Boros/Alter Ego
Animation: Ian Flaig /Alter Ego
Colourist/Transfer: Clinton Homuth, assisted by James Graham / Alter Ego
Colour / VFX / Animation Producer: Julie Neff / Alter Ego
Audio Post Facility/Music House: Eggplant Music & Sound
Audio Director: Rocco Gagliese
Producer: Nicola Treadgold
Engineer: Nathan Handy
Photographer: Shereen Mroueh


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highlight before-and-after scenarios of how a creative person’s life improves
after winning a coveted One Show Pencil.

The One Club for Creativity, the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, today debuted an online video campaign from Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo to promote the call for entries for the 2019 iteration of the prestigious One Show awards.

Part of the agency’s “Win Pencil, Draw Respect” campaign, the videos use humorous before-and-after scenarios to depict how the life of a creative improves dramatically after winning a coveted One Show Pencil.  The campaign also includes posters, banners and simple animated videos.

The campaign kicks off today with these three videos directed by Jono Hunter with production company OPC.

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We Quit


Jury Room


“We wanted to tap into real industry insights that creatives have experienced.” said Zak Mroueh, chief creative officer and founder, Zulu Alpha Kilo. “Whether it’s being in a jury room, resigning from a job, or simply asking for a bigger monitor, once you’ve won a One Show pencil there’s an increased level of respect that comes with it that would impact how those scenarios play out. We wanted to dramatize that.”

“Winning a One Show Pencil has propelled the careers of many creatives around the world,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club for Creativity.  “The club’s mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community, and we accomplish that by elevating the best work on a global stage.”

The One Show entries can be submitted now at http://www.oneshow.org.  The early deadline is November 30, 2018, when the first batch of entries will be judged in a preliminary round. The final deadline to enter is January 31, 2019.  One Show juries will be announced shortly.

Entering work into The One Show also helps the industry overall because The One Club is a global non-profit organization that uses awards revenue to give back to the industry through nearly two dozen education, professional development, gender equality and inclusion and diversity programs for creatives at all levels around the world.

For more information, please visit http://www.oneshow.org.

Credits

Client: The One Club for Creativity, New York
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo, Toronto
Creative Director: Zak Mroueh
Writers: Christina Roche, Gary Watson, Patrick Godin, George Ault, David Horovitch
Art Directors: Andrea Por, Michael Romaniuk, Natalie Theron
Agency Producer: Revital Grunberg
Account Team: Terri Mattucci, Matt Sinuita, Kelly Flynn
Production House:  OPC
Director:  Jono Hunter
Executive Producers:  Harland Weiss, Donovan M. Boden, Isil Gilderdale
Line Producer:  Max Brook
Director of Photography:  James Klopko
Casting Director:  Shasta Lutz, Jigsaw Casting
Post Production: Alter Ego
Compositor/Online/Senior VFX Artist:  David Whiteson
Colorist/Transfer:  Eric Whipp
Post Producers:  Julie Neff, Hilda Pereira
Audio Post Facility/Music House:  Eggplant Music & Sound
Audio Director:  Adam Damelin
Producer:  Nicola Treadgold
Engineer:  Nathan Handy
Video Post Facility/Editing Company: Zulubot
Editors: Brian Noon, Marissa Bergougnou


Zulu Alpha Kilo is a Toronto-based creative agency with staff of over 100 full-time “Zuligans”.  Zulu made headlines globally when they were the first non-U.S. shop to ever be named as Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year in 2016. In 2017, Zulu was again named as Ad Age’s International Small Agency of the Year.  More recently Zulu was ranked as one of the top agencies in the world on the WARC 100 list for commercial creativity effectiveness coming in at #29 globally. In 2018, Zulu was named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies by Canadian Business. This past spring, Zulu was featured in Forbes magazine as one of the top 25 small companies in North America. The agency’s client roster includes brands such as Bell, Cineplex Entertainment, Tim Hortons, Uber, ParticipACTION, Whirlpool and Nikon. 

The One Club for Creativity, producer of the prestigious One ShowADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing focusing on creativity of idea and quality of execution.  The ADC Annual Awards honors the best creative work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines.  Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

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